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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

More conflicts loom after Islamic State defeat in Raqqa

The Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, …


Qatar says its hosting of World Cup ‘not up for discussion’

Qatar on Wednesday strongly criticized Emirati officials for questioning Doha’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, saying that the tournament “is not up for discussion or negotiation” amid a …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

Trump to send Kushner to Middle East for Israeli-Palestinian talks

President Donald Trump is dispatching a team led by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner to Israel in pursuit of a Middle East peace deal.


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017

Clashes, tensions flare at sacred site in Jerusalem

Violence returned Thursday to a sacred site in Jerusalem as Palestinians gathering for prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound clashed with Israeli police nearly two weeks after a deadly attack …


Milbank: Kushner defense implies he’s over his head

The defense leaves one big question unanswered: Why is a man of such inexperience in charge of so much?


With global jihadi network, ISIS is likely here to stay

The Islamic State group’s mix of a local insurgency and digitally connected global jihadis gives the group staying power and the means to relaunch its future, from small cells of …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017

Arab states angry over Qatar’s dismissal of their demands

Four Arab nations seeking to isolate Qatar over its alleged support for extremist groups were angered Wednesday by what they said was a “negative” response by the tiny Gulf nation …


From destruction to cholera, Yemen war brings disasters

More than two years of civil war have led to continually compounding disasters in Yemen. Fighting rages on in a deadly stalemate. The economy has been bombed into ruins. Hunger …


Germany, Iran call for negotiations in crisis with Qatar

Germany’s foreign minister says the crisis over Gulf Arab state’s dispute with Qatar will only get worse the longer it lasts, and appeals on all sides to engage in direct …


Senator vows to block U.S. arms sales until Qatar crisis eased

The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he’ll block U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and their neighbors in the Gulf Cooperation Council to prod them …


Tillerson urges Qatar and the Gulf states to negotiate an end to their rift

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday criticized some of the demands by Saudi Arabia and its allies on Qatar as “very difficult” to meet, and urged the countries to …


Qatar weighs demands to end crisis amid threat of long siege

With just days to decide, Qatar on Friday weighed an onerous list of demands by its neighbors as a way out of a regional crisis, and a top Emirati official …


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017

Qatar’s neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisis

Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter …


Kushner kicks off Mideast peace push with first solo visit

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser, Jared Kushner, made his first solo visit to the region Wednesday, holding separate meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in …


Jared Kushner paves way for accelerated U.S. push on Mideast peace

Jared Kushner’s return to Israel this week ramps up White House efforts to broker a peace deal, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gauges what he needs to give Palestinians to …


Tillerson calls on Arab nations to ease blockade on Qatar

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Arab nations on Friday to immediately ease their blockade on Qatar, warning that the Persian Gulf crisis is hindering U.S. efforts to fight …


Confusion rules waves as shippers seek Qatar-ban clarity

Shippers hauling oil, food and consumer goods across the Middle East are grappling with the fallout from a diplomatic standoff between Qatar and its Persian Gulf neighbors that risks leaving …


Gold makes run toward $1,300 as risk flares from U.K. to Mideast

Gold is taking aim at $1,300 an ounce. The metal has rallied to the highest since November as investors position themselves for the outcome of the U.K. election and potential …


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017

Trump sides with Saudis, other Arab nations against Qatar

President Donald Trump sided with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries Tuesday in a deepening diplomatic crisis with Qatar, appearing to endorse the accusation that the oil-rich Persian Gulf nation …


UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017

Syrian troops pound Daraa after rebel attack

Syrian government forces pounded parts of the southern city of Daraa with air strikes and artillery fire, activists reported Sunday, one day after rebels attacked government positions in the southern …


Morocco king skips W. Africa summit after Israel attends

Morocco’s king is skipping a regional meeting of West African leaders amid his country’s bid to join the bloc known as ECOWAS.


Milbank: Trump’s travels offer comedy relief

Americans by now have become accustomed to perpetual chaos. Now lucky friends and allies are seeing the Trump tornado firsthand.


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017

Trump touts ultimate peace, but same obstacles remain

President Donald Trump showered his Middle Eastern hosts with praise and declared a breakthrough regional peace within reach. No one contradicted him, but behind the pageantry and politesse a wall …


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017

Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of `ultimate deal’

President Donald Trump has cast the elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians as the “ultimate deal.” But he will step foot in Israel having offered few indications of …


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017

Trump urges Mideast nations to drive out ‘Islamic extremism’

President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish “Islamic extremism” emanating from the region, describing a “battle between good and evil” rather than …


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017

Trump to Muslims on first foreign trip: Drive out terrorists

President Donald Trump’s maiden international trip, a five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe, has long loomed as a crucial first test abroad for the chaos-courting president.


Head of Anglican church visits Christian refugees in Jordan

The head of the Anglican Church met with Iraqi Christian refugees during a visit to Jordan in which he called on the region’s embattled Christians to remain in the Middle …


Haley wants Iran, not Israel, at core of U.N.’s Middle East agenda

After her first U.N. Security Council meeting on the Middle East in February, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley knocked the organization’s “anti-Israel bias.” On Thursday, Haley will try to turn the …


Pentagon chief Jim Mattis arrives in Middle East to talk Islamic State, Syria

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis arrived here Tuesday on the first stop of a week-long tour through the Middle East and Northern Africa. The visit marks the first time he …


Michael Gerson: What caused Trump’s change of heart?

This is the first instance I can recall of Trump showing public empathy for the lives of foreigners. It was jarring in its humanity.